July 30, 2009
Posted: 07:26 PM ET
Justin Barrett's email in response to a newspaper article regarding the Gates / Crowley affair got him suspended from the Boston Police Department and the National Guard. The email contained language such as "banana-eating jungle monkey."
Justin Barrett will be a guest on Larry King Live tonight, along with his attorney Peter Marano, who wrote the statement below.
On behalf of Justin Barrett, I offer this apology, first to his fellow police officers and fellow national guardsmen, as well as to the citizens of Boston and the citizens of the United States.
Justin’s intent in authoring a response to Yvonne Abram’s column in the Boston Globe was not to inflame racial tensions, express prejudice or bigoted views, or inflict hurt and pain upon any member of society. Regrettably, these words are the lasting picture people will see of Justin Barrett.
Justin Barrett is a citizen, a husband, a father, a soldier, a police officer, and a human being. He has made a mistake - his poor choice in words is that mistake. His lack of thought into the possible outcome of using such words has caused this debate. Justin never intended for these words to bear such a racial connotation.
Justin regrets the poor choice of words. Justin offers his apology to all of the above and also, Sergeant Crowley and Professor Gates. Justin has learned from this episode the powerful force behind words, and although not intending to spew racial discord or hate speech, he offers his apology for the interpretation of what he wrote.
-Peter T. Marano, Esq.
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